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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Double Gameweek 19

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Double Gameweek 19 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The fixture schedule has shifted once again. Like a surreal game of Grandmother’s Footsteps, it’s moved every time you turn to look at it. 

Aston Villa lost and regained their Double Gameweek in a matter of hours, although they now face Newcastle United instead of Everton in addition to Manchester City. But the clever fixture juggling did not extend to Leeds United and Southampton, with their upcoming midweek game postponed to accommodate Southampton’s rescheduled FA Cup tie.

During these testing times, we can expect further changes with little warning.

In a letter sent last week, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters alerted clubs that they should plan for more matches being postponed or rearranged at short notice. And a joint statement from the Premier League, FA and EFL, restated the desire to complete the season in May.

So, who knows what twists and turns await? Could we yet see Leeds vs Southampton rearranged for Gameweek 19?

Shrewsbury, already without their manager Steve Cotterill for Tuesday’s tie, may suffer more ill-effects from coronavirus (COVID-19), or, by some miracle, could the Shrews beat Southampton on Tuesday? However unlikely, Leeds and Southampton would then both have a free weekend slot.

But that might be taking ‘Fantasy’ football a step too far. Sticking with what we know, here’s Legomané’s updated fixture ticker:

‘TBA’ fixtures Possible Gameweek Slots
Aston Villa v Everton24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur 26, 32, 37
Burnley v Fulham24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Everton v Manchester City24, 26, 27, 32, 37
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur26, 32, 37
Leeds United v Southampton24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Manchester City v Southampton24, 26, 27, 32, 37

Triple Gameweek Scenario

Future Double Gameweeks, and possibly Triple Gameweeks, await Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The two sides contest the EFL Cup final (coinciding with Gameweek 33), and are both still in the FA Cup and European competitions: should they progress to the latter stages, Spurs will potentially have to squeeze five matches into three available Gameweek slots, and Man City would have to fit five games into five free slots.

So no COVID-19 leeway and additional fixture shenanigans could lie ahead.

To Bench Boost or not to Bench Boost?

After the latest changes, a question facing many managers – and one tackled by our Scoutcast trio of Joe, Seb, and Karam – is now that Leeds and Southampton don’t have two matches in Gameweek 19, is it still worth using the Bench Boost?

The thing is, if you already Wildcarded in Gameweek 16, and you set up your team to Bench Boost, you need something bigger than this to back out from it. Because it’s one of the chips that if you don’t do it now, you will wait for another chance [and] you might have a lot of funds remain on your bench.

– Karam

Leeds-fan Seb added:

Ideally I want to be Bench Boosting all 15 players for double, unless someone crazy has got a great fixture, [but] often they might be more expensive, so typically you’re going to have medium to cheap assets on the bench, that’s the goal … On Leeds, so I think if you’ve been forced into this a little bit and you still want to use that Bench Boost, it’s not terrible. They’re playing Brighton at home … if you’ve got Bamford, Dallas, and Raphina on your bench maybe that is a Bench Boost – Bamford could score three!

However not all managers feel the same. Pro Pundit Az has been reduced to eight Double Gameweek players, scuppering any hopes he had for using the chip.

So, with fixture rescheduling putting any plans I had for a Bench Boost on hold, I am considering which chip I should use if any.

Instead the co-host of FPL BlackBox is contemplating using his Triple Captain. But Manchester United go to Liverpool with Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) a booking away from a one-match ban, and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is out of form. Although both sides have favourable second fixtures against Fulham and Burnley respectively.

Buying Manchester City Players

The other challenge facing Az and those like Pro Pundit Darren Wiles, who used their first Wildcard late to set up a Gameweek 19 Bench Boost, is how to accommodate Manchester City players?

The Citizens didn’t feature in Darren’s original plans, given that they had just a single Gameweek before their fixture with Aston Villa was rearranged.

But they’ve since come into form with an eye-catching 3-1 win away to Chelsea, and Pep Guardiola’s side have now kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches, giving them the best defensive record in the league.

Ahead of enticing homes matches against Crystal Palace and West Brom, Jan Sienkiewicz sides with the captain poll in backing De Bruyne with the armband:

De Bruyne is a truly world class player and it should be only a matter of time before he matches his outstanding underlying statistics. With two home games against non-top-six sides, Manchester City should continue their winning run and De Bruyne is expected to be at the heart of the action.

All this leads Darren, in his latest article, to contemplate a minus 12 to bring in Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m), Rúben Dias (£5.8m), John Stones (£5.0m) and Michail Antonio (£6.2m) for Harry Kane (£11.1m), Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) and Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m).

I am not rushing into any decisions but I feel multiple hits could be on the cards in order to get two or three Manchester City players in prior to the Double Gameweek and as part of my long term thinking.

– Darren

But the Live Hall of Fame No 2 remains undecided on whether to use the Bench Boost as it would include players like Che Adams (£6.0m), who is available for selection after recovering from concussion.

Tasty Transfers

In direct contrast to Darren’s multiple hit, Former FPL Champion Simon March used Marshmallows to demonstrate that patience is a virtue.

A graduate in behavioural economics, Simon referred to the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment in which children were given the choice of eating a marshmallow now or instead being given a second marshmallow in 15 minutes.

When they followed up 10 years later, the scientists found that the children who delayed gratification and waited for the second marshmallow, had scored better in their SATs, performed better in school generally and even had healthier BMIs.

Pro Pundit Simon likened this to wise FPL managers who save their chips for later in the season (traditionally the better time to play them), and the benefits of rolling a transfer.

Aside from giving you more flexibility in who you can sign, potentially shifting funds to different areas of your team, it also buys you an extra Gameweek of information and more thinking time.

Fantasy Favourite

A player both Darren and Az are tempted by is Michail Antonio. West Ham enjoy an appealing pair of fixtures in Gameweek 19, at home to Burnley and West Brom, but the question mark, as ever, is over Antonio’s fitness.

Ted Talks FPL offered some encouragement, observing that:

With Haller joining Ajax, West Ham must be confident that 1.9% owned Antonio must be back to full fitness, certainly in the short-term. He looks to be an excellent pick for Double Gameweek 19.

Pro Pundits Tom and Andy agreed, giving the Hammers striker the nod:

Michail Antonio is a bit of a favourite of mine and now he’s fit and got through 90 minutes I can’t leave him out. He’s averaging 0.47xG per 90 minutes so far this season. It’s down on 2019/20, but still excellent given his price. – Andy

I’m also backing Michail Antonio. Though he looks short of match fitness, he needs games, and as West Ham United’s only recognised striker, should see enough minutes across the two fixtures. – Tom

While Big Man Bakar, who was looking dashing in pink on the latest installment of The FPL Wire, reminded us of Antonio’s excellent early season form, despite the tricky start.

But is it too soon to take the plunge?

Team News

Frustratingly, as Colm Hayes noted in his press conference round-up, David Moyes did not provide a specific update on his injury-prone centre-forward, leaving Fantasy bosses wondering what to do.

In other news, Anthony Martial (£8.8m) and Pedro Neto (£6.0m) are doubts after suffering knocks in Gameweek 17. But both may still feature this weekend.

And Joel Matip (£5.4m) could return to Liverpool’s backline depending on how well he does in the next two training sessions.

Finally, new Fantasy Football Scout writer Jamie, ran the rule over Manchester United’s latest signing Amad Diallo and assessed the impact Robert Snodgrass (£5.7m) could make under Sam Allardyce at West Brom.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions in a hot topic yesterday.

The January to May League, which started scoring in Gameweek 17, remains open for those who want to track their progress until the end of the season. The code to join is h62bh1. The current leader is Denville Tyrell, who has risen from 29,903rd to 5,121st in the last two Gameweeks.

For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 19 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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  1. TSN
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    capt salah or bruno?

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Salah

    2. tbos83
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Salah due to Bruno YC risk

      • Il Capitano
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Salah

        • iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Mo

        • TSN
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks!

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        everyone avoiding chelsea assets. Pulisic, Ziyech, Chilwell are sleeper picks. They have been in bad form lately but perfect for those wanting a differential

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No CHE until Fat Frank gets axed.

        2. ivantys
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Fixtures not good to differentiate.

          • Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I own Chilwell 😉

          • FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Agreed but chelsea are so inconsistent hard to predict anything from them

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Werner too. Can strangely see him doing well this double

        3. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Play one:

          A) Adams (lei)
          B) Dallas (bha)

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Dallas mate

          2. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            If I’m doubt I always play the attacker , so Dallas

          3. Johnny 8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            A

        4. Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Which ??

          A) neto -4 to gundogan/foden/ghazi/traore/soucek
          (Have antonio but no city or villa cover)
          B) do A) + saka out -8 & bench bamford
          C) do A) + sais -8 to coufal

        5. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Play Dallas or Lowton?

          1. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Lowton

          2. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Maverick.

          3. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Dallas

        6. LLoris
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Kane or Vardy

          1. TSN
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            this GW vardy

          2. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Vardy

        7. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          KDB = tired
          Salah = could get rested against BUR in prep for FA cup v Man U
          Bruno = 2 away matches

          Might just TC Cresswell...

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            True true.

          2. Sinichi
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Klopp rarely prioritises fa cup.

              Klopp Rarely rests salah.

              Triple captain is so ruddy difficult to decide on....

          3. Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Would you do this for a -8? No City atm. Son,Robbo > KDB(C), Dias

            1. faux_C
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Too risky for me.

              1. Maddamotha
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                What about Mccarthy > Ederson -4

            2. Yankee Toffee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              No

              But find a way to get 1 City def

            3. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Son and Robbo could do well this week

            4. phrampton534
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              In the same boat and considered the same myself but I'm sticking with Robbo and Son...

            5. Maddamotha
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Cheers yall. Think Ill do Mccarthy > Ederson for a hit. Need a City def.

          4. corderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            How am I looking?

            Martinez
            Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
            KDB(C) Salah Bruno Soucek
            Vardy(vc) Antonio

            Forster Bamford Dallas Burke

            1. cuppatea78
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Nice

            2. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              All set

          5. DeadStar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Who to captain and why?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Same question

            2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I’m going with Soucek

              1. DeadStar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Brave, very very brave. Is brave the right word? 😉

                1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Two “easy” fixtures, form of his life and I’ve been massively burned by obvious captain choices. Might as well gamble.

                  1. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I like it. It's something I could never do but fair play.

            3. DeadStar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'm leaning towards Salah. Feel he is certain to start both games. KDB (rest) and Fernandes (4 yellow cards) carry a small risk in my opinion. Tough though.

            4. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              KDB - prob highest GW scorer

              1. DeadStar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Any concerns about a rest? Looked exhausted 3 days ago and little rest between their 2 games.

          6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Son > Foden will be tempting for next GW especially after Sons blank vs Blades

            1. Blue Moon Rising
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Still not certain on game time for foden

            2. phrampton534
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I've got both - no guarantees either way but could only afford Foden without dumping Son or taking a hit. I can see KDB having restricted minutes as he's looking tired. Think Foden will benefit if he does...

          7. Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Stones and Vardy in for Kane and Dallas? (-4)

            1. valurth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Do it

          8. Ady87
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            If the guy 700k OR in my work league offered me advice I’d probably do my own thing but here I am taking word as gospel from largely anonymous accounts with god knows what OR. As I’ve done for years to be fair ha

            1. Ady87
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Not to say I don’t listen or appreciate btw

            2. Blue Moon Rising
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Hahha

            3. Origi-nal
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Power in numbers. Multiple 700k opinions.

            4. phrampton534
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Even consistent top 10K players can't give guaranteed micro advice every time. The reason they do well is long term planning and patience but they can still get plenty of the one off decisions wrong. One thing I have noticed this season is the most popular captain in the poll has been the wrong choice more often than not so following the consensus isn't necessarily going to pay off!

          9. Q
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bench boost fabianski, zouma, Dallas brewster?

            1. Johnny 8
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Not for me.

          10. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Which one should get more points ?

            A : Saka (NEW)
            B : Lookman - 4pts (CHE + MUN)

            1. scarlet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Saka

              1. NATSTER
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Cheers

            2. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A

          11. scarlet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bench is:

            Areola, Bamford, Klich, Bednarek.

            To BB or not to BB?

            1. Taegugk Warrior
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              BB

            2. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Nah

          12. Taegugk Warrior
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            A. Adams to Antonio for -4, Y/N...?
            Already did -4 btw. So it will be -8 for this week...

            B. Salah or KDB for TC...?

            1. greggles
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I’m on KDB at present but genuinely undecided

            2. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A - No

              B - If your unsure on who to even cap, how will you feel if the other hauls after you play TC, I’d save it

          13. greggles
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Is there any consensus about who the better TC option is between KDB and Salah? I can’t decide

            1. TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Salah holds almost no risk of rotation - KDB apparently 'tired' however has the better fixtures.

              Both still on pens.

              I'm leaning towards KDB, just seems the sensible pick, can imagine Liverpool VS. United being close.

              Personally I am probably not going to use the TC - too much fixture congestion recently and too many uncertainties - might be better to be patient and slap the TC on someone else in weeks to come when things are a bit calmer

            2. AC Yew
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I would save TC possibility of triple GW's later

          14. Davidwes
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            A) Son and Taa to kdb and Reece
            B) Nothing

            1. Davidwes
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A) is a -8

              1. dsefton
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                B

            2. valurth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I did Son and Kane to DeBruyne and Antonio, on -12 and Bb

          15. TSN
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            cancelo for captain?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Bit too risky with other full backs about

          16. Brunsvigeren
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bench boost this, I dont think there will be bether opportunity

            Fabianski
            Justin, Cancelo, Robertson, Coufal
            Mané, Kdb(C), Bruno, Maddison
            Antonio, Bamford

            Mcharthy(gk), Saiss, Raphina, Brewster

            1. valurth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I’m BB McCarthy, Bamford, Dallas, Pieters

              1. Brunsvigeren
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Yea, only Brewster a bit, meeeh

                Whats your starting team?

          17. RyanMK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Is DCL > Wilson or Antonio worth a -4? They will be replacing either Saka or Bamford in the starting 11.

          18. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Any news last 30 minutes ?

          19. AdamJ91
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Would you use BB for;

            Ramsdale, Holding, Raphinha & Bamford even though no DGW?

          20. dsefton
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            repost, sorry!
            Bench: Areola, Bamford Lowton Tierney
            A) Save BB
            B) Tierney --> Justin/r.James (-4), play BB
            C) Play BB (no hits)

            1. valurth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Play BB, perhaps hit out Tierney. With the BB out of the way you can have a stronger 11 on WC and no need to plan for as good bench

          21. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Right. Trying to do my bit by boosting the replying on here...

            One from me. Bench boost this?

            McCarthy (lei)
            Justin (SOU, CHE)
            Bamford (BHA)
            Holding (NEW)

            Thanks

            1. Il Capitano
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I would sway toward yes on this one, DGW plus 2 SGW with good fixtures

                1. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Thanks. Planned for it, not quite the DGW fest I had in mind, but seems as good a time as ever

              • valurth
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I’m BB McCarthy, Bamford, Dallas, Pieters. On later WC you then don’t need to plan for a good bench

            2. FantasyClub
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Vardy or Kane?

                1. KGFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  V

              • rdamjan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Is madness to play Anguissa with DGW over Saka?

              • KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Is it crazy going 4-5-1 on a FH??

                1. TSN
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  not crazy. depends on your line up.

              • timawflowers
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                bamford or antonio?